22 Million Americans Need COVID Vaccines to Reach Joe Biden's July 4 Goal of 70%

To reach President Joe Biden's goal of at least 70% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by July 4, 22 million more Americans need to be vaccinated.

According to Dr/ Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he thinks the target goal will be met with the current vaccination rate, the Washington Post reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID data tracker shows that currently 60.5 percent of adults have received at least one vaccination.

Currently, around half a million Americans would need to receive the first dose of the vaccine each day over the next 44 days in order to reach Biden's goal. Around 160 million Americans have already received at least one dose of the vaccine.

While the number of vaccines administered daily has fallen, Fauci says the rate is still high enough for Biden's benchmark to be met.

Fauci says the more of the population that receives a vaccination, the lower the likelihood of another surge of COVID-19. He also said he wasn't worried about another wave of the novel virus, if a "substantial" amount of people received the vaccine.

"The chances of there being a surge are extraordinarily low, I mean quite, quite low," Fauci said.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the ongoing federal response to COVID-19 on May 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. Greg Nash, Pool/Getty Images

Andy Slavitt, White House senior advisor for the coronavirus task force also offered encouragement on Twitter of dropping death rates as a reason to receive the vaccination.

For the first time since March of 2020, the 7 day average number of deaths from COVID-19 have fallen below 500.

And are dropping.

Keep getting vaccinated.

— Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt46) May 21, 2021

The CDC has recently lifted mask mandates for people who are fully vaccinated, hoping to offer an incentive to receive the vaccine. The move has been praised by some and criticized by others, but Fauci stresses they were meant only for people who were fully vaccinated.

While some retail chains such as Kroger and Target lifted the requirement for people indoors to wear masks, Fauci said it was likely places such as restaurants would still require masks indoors as well as proof of vaccination.

"What we're going to be seeing also — and I think this is very clear because we're already seeing examples of it — there are going to be certain organizations, certain institutions that no matter what are going to require proof of vaccination before you can enter into whatever establishment it is," Fauci said.

UPDATE: If you are fully vaccinated against #COVID19, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, incl. local business and workplace guidance. More: https://t.co/FJMon7WlFO

— CDC (@CDCgov) May 13, 2021
The CDC issued guidelines for those fully vaccinated on May 13.

Mandates remain in different states, and vary depending on vaccination status.

Additional incentives have been offered by states to receive the vaccine, including possible lottery rewards in states like New York and Ohio. The incentives hope to increase turnout and meet Biden's July goal.

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US President Joe Biden speaks about lives lost to Covid after death toll passed 500,000, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, DC, February 22, 2021. - President Joe Biden called the milestone of more than 500,000 US deaths from Covid-19 "heartbreaking" on Monday and urged the country to unite against the pandemic. "I know what it's like," an emotional Biden said in a national television address, referring to his own long history of family tragedies. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images